Ebola Awareness Campaign Launched

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAA week-long awareness campaign aimed at educating Ghanaians on the Ebola Viral Disease( EVD) has been launched in Accra.

It formed part of efforts by the Ghana Health Services (GHS) to make Ghanaians learn and get familiar with symptom and preventive measures of the Ebola Herroregic fever.

Organised by the Ghana Health Service, with support from World Vision, International, the programme also seeks to sensitize Ghanaians to the need to join in national efforts to prevent the disease from Ghanaians

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Appiah Denyira,who launched the awareness week in Accra, stressed the need for all to broadcast the facts and preventive measures of the disease.

“Ebola is a preventive and curable disease, hence there is no need for anyone to fear or be scared of it,” the said, adding family members and those in close contact with person were at high risk of contracting the disease.

The week long awareness campaign would be characterised by intense distribution of Ebola behavioural change materials in all the 10 regions.

The GHS, together with its team would interact with organized groups such as churches, youth clubs and schools and educate them about the disease and its preventive measures.

The campaign would also present an opportunity for the management teams to ensure that the fact sheet on Ebola gets to every nuke and cranny of the country.

The team would also engage with traditional leaders and organize community durbars on the disease as part of the campaign.

The GHS, together with its team would interact with organised groups such as churches, youth clubs and schools and educate them about the disease and its preventive measures.

The campaign would present an opportunity for the management teams to intensify the distribution of the fact sheets on Ebola and make sure it get to every nick and cranny of the country.

The team would also engage with traditional leaders and organise community durbars on the disease as part of the campaign.

The Public Relations Officer of GHS, Mrs. Rebecca Awuku said short documentary on facts and prevention of the disease would be released in the air waves and on the print media in a form of adverts by next week as part of the educational drive.

She noted that, there would also be a series of discussion Ebola Virus Disease on Television and Radio as part of the awareness creation.

The Head of Disease Control and Prevention Department GHS, Dr.Kyei Faried called on all Ghanaians to stay calm and not create fear and panic about the disease

The health practitioners would also scare and refer Ebola cases if we keep creating panic and fear about the disease’ he said.

Faried urged all Ghanaians to quickly report Ebola suspected cases to the nearest health facility as part of their support to help prevent the disease saying .no individual fights a battle alone Ebola as a battle must not be fought alone.’

He encouraged the Public to call the Ebola Emergence lines 0299009958, 0299009972, 0299009949, in case of any Suspected Ebola case.

By: Linda Aryeetey & Sandra Aklikpe-Osei     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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